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Jazz Saxophone Firebrand Jay Collins takes a Leap to the Funky Side

Jay Collins

Who says that all sax players with world-class jazz chops must restrict themselves to the Blue Notes and Village Vanguards of the world? Not ┬áJay Collins. A product of Portland, Oregon’s surprisingly vibrant jazz scene in the late 80′s and early 90′s, Jay’s footing in the jazz world is more than solid. It’s not just […]

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Announcing the Winner of the 10-Second Saxophone Survey Sweepstakes

Announcing the Winner of the 10-Second Saxophone Survey Sweepstakes

So it’s over and done with, our very first sweepstakes here at Best. Saxophone. Website. Ever.! Out of hundreds of entries, one lucky winner was chosen at random for the groovy prize of a $50 gift certificate to The Woodwind Brasswind – one of the world’s formost online retailers of all things wind instrument-related! And […]

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Music and Career Advice from a Famous Non-Saxophonist

Christian McBride

This is a guest post from saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist, pianist, educator, and blogger, Mark Catoe. Back in April, the self-described “nonpartisan enterprise,” MinnPost, published an interview with Christian McBride. In it, he talks about the groups he currently plays with, having fun playing music, and knowing James Brown. I find the entire read fascinating (head […]

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Daniel Bennett On Creating a Truly Unique Musical Statement and More

Daniel Bennett

Generously lauded in publications such as The Village Voice, The Boston Herald, The Boston Phoenix, and the Boston Globe, it’s obvious that Daniel Bennett is the toast of his former town (he is now based in New York City). With a list of teachers that includes Jerry Bergonzi and George Garzone, it’s easy to see […]

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Secrets from the World’s Most Prolific Saxophone Transcriber

Charles McNeal

Any devoted jazz saxophone player with an internet connection knows Charles McNeal’s love letter to jazz history, As a Facebook friend of Charles myself, there are periods where he cranks out, literally, a transcription each day. As an equal opportunity transcriber, he’s taken down hundreds of solos from all ends of the jazz legend […]

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The 10-Second Saxophone Survey Sweepstakes – The Easiest $50 You’ve Ever Made

10-Second Saxophone Survey Sweepstakes

For some time, I’ve wanted to get a grasp on what you, my saxadelic website visitors are most interested in reading about. Sure, I could pose the question as a simple post on Facebook and Twitter, but I thought I’d take it to the next level. With that in mind, I’ve decided to put my […]

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Ben Britton on Time Feel, Tone Production, and Listening

Ben Britton

Epitomizing what it means to be a modern tenor player, sax maven Ben Britton is a name you’re going to be hearing a lot more of. Unlike your average musician weary of being overshadowed, Ben choose to supercharge his 2010 debut release, Uncertain Living by including the mighty Chris Potter as a special guest. With […]

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Review of Play-Along Series

Play Jazz Now

Over the course of recent generations of jazz musicians, the go-to supplier of jazz play-along recordings has been Jamey Aebersold, whose 200-plus recordings have made him a household name for anyone with even a passing interest in learning how to improvise. Although Aebersold’s books and recordings serve their intended purpose very well, the series has […]

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